Catamount Chamber Singers, Instrumental Ensemble to play April 2

The Catamount Chamber Singers warm up their vocal cords in advance of an April 2 performance.

The Catamount Chamber Singers warm up their vocal cords in advance of an April 2 performance.

Western Carolina University’s Catamount Chamber Singers and Instrumental Ensemble will present a program of jazz, popular song standards and Broadway tunes at 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performers are an auditioned group of 16 vocalists and eight instrumentalists led by Bruce Frazier, WCU’s Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music. The group recently performed on tour for audiences in the greater Atlanta area and at Disney’s Magic Music Days in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., entertaining the crowd at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland.

Repertoire includes a variety of musical styles ranging from intricate a cappella arrangements to performances with a jazz combo of piano, bass, drums, guitar and winds.

The concert program will feature vocal jazz arrangements in tribute to Duke Ellington, with such hits as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo,” “Satin Doll” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” The a cappella singers are featured in George and Ira Gershwin’s “Our Love is Here to Stay,” and the instrumental ensemble performs original compositions by Frazier and student members of the group.

Since the group was formed in fall 2000, it has presented public performances for the University of North Carolina vice chancellors’ annual meetings, the annual High School Invitation Choral Clinic, and alumni holiday programs in Hendersonville, Flat Rock and at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

The Catamount Chamber Singers performed at the CulloWHEE! ArtsFest in 2002 and 2003, sharing the stage with well-known performers such as Dave Sanborn and Manhattan Transfer.

Frazier is a composer, conductor and educator who came to WCU from Los Angeles, where he was active in the film and television industry. He was twice recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contributions to music composition and sound mixing, and has two Emmy nominations for sound editing for television programs “Quantum Leap” and “JAG.” In his work as an orchestra conductor and arranger, he has performed with such artists as Loretta Lynn, Mac Davis, Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton.

For more information about the performance or the music program at WCU, contact the music department at (828) 227-7242.